Gateway Extrusions Marks Expansion During Anniversary Event

Glass Magazine
October 11, 2018
COMMERCIAL, FABRICATION
The anniversary event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Shown, from left to right: David Bailey, Union Development
Corporation; Union City Alderman Bill Isgriggs; Tom Ziegler,
president of operations for Gateway; Union City Mayor Mike
Livengood; Steve Chen, president of Crystal Window &
Door Systems; Jennifer Hoskins, field representative for
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt;  Franklin County Commissioner
Dave Hinson; and Michelle Hataway, project manager for
the Missouri Department of Economic Development. 

Gateway Extrusions, headquartered in Union, Missouri, hosted an open house to mark its recent $15-million expansion and its 15th year of growth since opening in 2003. 

Customers, vendors, members of the local business community, and government officials joined Gateway’s management team for tours of the facility, demonstrations of its new equipment and a networking luncheon. Tom Ziegler, president of operations, gave a presentation on the history of Gateway’s growth, its investments in property and equipment in Union, and the company’s plans and opportunities for further growth.

“The aluminum extrusion manufacturing industry is growing in Union,” said Ziegler. “Gateway’s investment of $15 million in new equipment and additional property and buildings means we are here to stay with plenty of room to grow in the future.”

Gateway opened in 2003 with the acquisition of the existing shuttered Cupples Aluminum Products plant in the Union Industrial Park by Gateway’s parent company, national manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems, headquartered in New York. Gateway was launched to vertically integrate Crystal’s manufacturing and control quality and was soon supplying nearly all the parent company’s aluminum profile needs.

“More than half of our vendors are based in Missouri, supplying materials, goods, and services required to keep our aluminum extrusion operations running smoothly,” said Ziegler. “We have doubled our workforce to over 130 employees since 2014 with the addition of new equipment and services. We have added new customers, many of which are right here in the region, and our annual production has doubled since 2015.”